When the Packers picked Eddie Lacy at the bottom of round two, I thought they should have waited for UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin.
Ultimately, they did.
At the bottom of round four, the Packers added Franklin, a versatile, three-down back who can run, catch passes, and block. One of the fastest running backs at the Combine, he’s a perfect fit for the West Coast offense.
So with Franklin and Lacy (wasn’t there a cop show by that name?), the Packers have a couple of new toys for an offense that typically passes to set up the pass. Though there could be an issue with getting everyone enough reps and touches to keep them happy, the Packers have addressed a chronic need in a big way.
And don’t be surprised if it’s Franklin, not Lacy, who emerges as the better NFL player.